College Basketball Picks: Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Thursday, 1/23/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida -5.5
Current Betting Line:  Florida -5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Florida Gators have won their last seven games against the Alabama Crimson Tide
The Florida Gators have won their last seven games against the Alabama Crimson Tide

Florida has won nine games in a row by an average of 9.5 points, including a 68-61 victory over the Auburn Tigers as eight-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Gators have won their last seven meetings with the Crimson Tide, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Head coach Billy Donovan is a dominating 12-2 SU against past assistants, including 6-0 versus Alabama front man Anthony Grant.  Florida is 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Gators have four probable starters averaging double figures, with senior forward Casey Prather scoring 17.3 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Florida is 7-2 SU in games decided by a single-digit margin during the 2013-14 campaign, which is far different than its 0-6 mark in that situation a year ago.  Defensively, the team ranks 10th in the country in surrendering just 59.7 points per game—pacing the Southeastern Conference in that all-important statistical category.

Alabama has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 68-47 blowout defeat to the Missouri Tigers as 4.5-point road underdogs last Saturday.  The Crimson Tide lead all SEC schools with 14 straight home wins versus league competition, while Grant has won 25 of 27 games in that situation since taking over in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama is 3-17 SU and 11-8-1 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 11-8-1 in those 20 opportunities.

The Crimson Tide will need a huge game from senior guard Trevor Releford, who is averaging 18.3 points per game.  He managed to score just 10 points and grab five rebounds last time out.  Alabama has won seven of eight games when out-rebounding its opponent, while dropping seven of eight when failing to when the battle of the glass.

Sports bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to the underdog going 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this rivalry.

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